Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, provision, or obtaining of a person in order that a commercial sex act can be induced, often by force, fraud, or coercion. (Source: U.S. Department of State)

Who are the victims? A victim can be a runaway or throwaway child, a coerced or kidnapped teen, an international or a US citizen trafficked within our borders. Victims are caught up in prostitution, pornography, exotic dancing, strip clubs, live sex shows, modeling studios, massage parlors, escort services, and brothels.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Prov. 31:8–9 NIV).

Exploited Women in Asia
On the International Mission Board’s AsiaStories Web site you will find information about ministries among women in Thailand, India, and Indonesia. The women featured are victims of sex trafficking. The site features audio stories, video stories, and a pedicure prayer party option.

Steps to address this issue.

Overview of Project HELP: Human Exploitation.

Articles, Blogs, and Resources:
Release and Restore CD (product)
Set1Free Artisan Stories (WorldCrafts)
Taking Off the Rubber Gloves (article)
The Two Greatest Institutions for Human Exploitation (article)
You Are God’s Instrument (article)
Deliver Me from Evil (book review)
Sexploitation: The Economics of Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking (article)
Charles Powell: Fighting Slavery in America (audio/podcast)
Not in My Town, Exposing and Ending Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery (book review)
From Haiti to “Not in My Town” (article)
Three Things You Can Do Now to Fight Trafficking (article)
Dillon Burroughs: I’ve Looked into the Eyes of a Modern Slave (audio/podcast)
International Trafficking 101 (article)
27 Million Slaves Exist Today (article)
Standing for Justice (article)
Righting Wrongs with Recycled Paper (article)

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Missions Leader Team Blog

You may remember the children’s game “follow the leader.” One child chosen as the leader goes to the head of the line. All the other children line up behind the leader. The children mimic whatever actions the leader does. This silly example supports the oft-heard quote “You’re not a leader if no one is following you.”

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